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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/3] Clarify abstract scale usage for power values in Energy Model, EAS and IPA

Hi Lukasz,

On 09/10/2020 11:16, Lukasz Luba wrote:
> Hi Rafael,
> On 10/2/20 12:44 PM, Lukasz Luba wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> The Energy Model supports power values expressed in an abstract scale.
>> This has an impact on Intelligent Power Allocation (IPA) and should be
>> documented properly. There is also a need to update the DT binding for
>> the
>> 'sustainable-power' and allow it to have abstract scale as well.
>> Changes:
>> v2:
>> - updated sustainable power section in IPA documentation
>> - updated DT binding for the 'sustainable-power'
>> The v1 of the patch set and related discussion can be found in [1].
>> Regards,
>> Lukasz Luba
>> [1]
>> Lukasz Luba (3):
>>    docs: Clarify abstract scale usage for power values in Energy Model
>>    PM / EM: update the comments related to power scale
>>    dt-bindings: thermal: update sustainable-power with abstract scale
>>   .../devicetree/bindings/thermal/thermal-zones.yaml  | 13 +++++++++----
>>   .../driver-api/thermal/power_allocator.rst          | 13 ++++++++++++-
>>   Documentation/power/energy-model.rst                | 13 +++++++++++++
>>   Documentation/scheduler/sched-energy.rst            |  5 +++++
>>   include/linux/energy_model.h                        | 11 +++++------
>>   kernel/power/energy_model.c                         |  2 +-
>>   6 files changed, 45 insertions(+), 12 deletions(-)
> Could you take patch 1/3 and patch 2/3 via your PM tree,
> please? I will be very grateful.
> These patches just update the documentation and comments regarding
> an issue that we can have: bogoWatts in the Energy Model (and we
> already have). One of the drawbacks is that we cannot derive real energy
> from these numbers. Will see how this would evolve.

The purpose of the energy model is to provide these power numbers.

If the SoC vendors do not want to share those numbers, then better to
not use the energy model at all.

If they want to use the EAS and the IPA at all costs without sharing the
power numbers, then it is up to them to take responsibility of providing
consistent numbers, not the community to document how to hack the energy

And that is even more true as mentioned by Doug: the power numbers are
not impossible to measure.

Documenting the scale values give the opportunity to the SoC vendor to
never share the power numbers, and even worst, that implies all the
existing and future frameworks based on the energy model (and its
evolution) *must* comply with these dummy values. That is the promise of
a real pain.

IMO, we must keep a strong constraint on the power values for the energy

However, nothing prevents to write a recipe on a website explaining how
to use the energy model without the power numbers with a big warning
that could not work in the future if the energy model evolves or it
could be incompatible with the IPA.

I suggest to solve the energy model main issue: the SoC vendor do not
want to share the power numbers. Why not give the opportunity to load a
firmware where the power numbers will be ? The firmware could be in a
vendor partition for example.

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